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Dramatization of the experience of a young married couple whose quarrels undermine their happiness and prevent the development of adult love based on mutual understanding.
This movie is part of the collection: Prelinger Archives
Producer: Affiliated Film Producers
Audio/Visual: Sd, B&W
Keywords: Marriage; Social guidance; Gender roles
Creative Commons license: Public Domain
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Subject: He Says, She Says
Frank and Honey Carson's eleven-month-old marriage is made miserable by the rigidly defined societal roles of the fifties. Frank works all day while Honey spends her day shopping, washing and cleaning. We hear separate monologues from both Frank and Honey as they each tell their side of the story. Honey says Frank is a domineering cheapskate. She's stuck with clothes from the ten-cent store and a home permanent kit. Frank can't understand why Honey is so dissatisfied. He thinks she "has it easy" and that she shops and gossips all day and then goes to the hairdresser and "sits under a hairdryer to take a rest." Then she expects him to help out at home after work. Frank grouses that it's like having two full-time jobs.
Their fight starts when Frank comes home from work late and doesn't call (the same thing happened in another Archive film, "Jealousy," when will these husbands ever learn?) Honey spent and hour and a half cooking dinner and felt unappreciated. Luckily for him, Honey didn't throw his dinner in the garbage can the way Sally did in "Jealousy." Honey just walks off and picks up a magazine. Then it's Frank's turn to feel unappreciated. She accuses him of being cheap. He says, "What about that bill for $27.50 last month?" The narrator (who turns out to be Frank's talking wedding ring, an incongruous touch) thinks that Honey should try to take an interest in Frank's monologues about his work and that Frank should compliment Honey on her appearance and cooking.
These are two boring people who live in a depressing little apartment. Neither of them have much to offer to each other. Obviously if Honey were still working, she could buy clothes with her own money and they could even afford a nicer apartment. But that doesn't occur to either of them (or the wedding ring). Then Honey would see Frank as a partner instead of a meal ticket. But would Frank change and become more interesting? We'll never know.
Subject: who's right?
SILLY INCONSIDERATE NINNY!
Subject: Hammid does it again
Another amazing Marriage For Moderns movie that was directed by Alexander Hammid!! Once again, we have the classic young couple who seem to have fallen out of love and seem to only talk to each other when arguing. They of course both have ideas of who is to blame for everything going wrong (its the other guys fault) and have their own wants and desires being ignored by the other person in the relationship as being too trivial. So, yeah, whos right here? Its very hard. I have no pat answer to give you, Im sorry. I cant even begin to tell you how I would fix this couples relationship. Damn, do I feel guilty now. Id go to Maryz for advice here!1 (runs off to watch another soundie). Highly recommended!!
Robin Banks -
Subject: Who's Right? Apparently no one.
I agreed with this movie... until they started picking on the husband. I think I'll show this to my wife. It should start a fine argument. (laugh)
Remember, if your wife is wrong, apologize to her. Any married man knows that simple rule, and that's all this movie needed to say.
If this movie don't scare you off marriage then nothing will. Shot in the all new "Gloom-O-Vision".
And no, you're not have a hallucination... this movie is narrated by a talking wedding ring, who leaves you hanging with no answers to the troubles this couple is having. Well, I guess talking rings don't have all the answers, now do they. Perhaps they should have consulted the talking table lamp instead. He knows everything.
Subject: a film made 50 years ago
The marriage problems enacted in this film are still very much applicable today..The acting is natural .I do not feel competent to comment on the subject matter